Bachelor of Podiatry
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29th Mar 2015 9:28am
Level 7 Bachelor Degree
Mode of Delivery
- Face to Face
Domestic - 3 years full time.
International - 3 years full time.
- Ourimbah - 73.75
HSC Chemistry, Mathematics
Relevant University rules and policies
Podiatrists have a varied and interesting job caring for feet. Foot pain affects the young and old, sedentary and active people alike and can cause pain in the lower back and other joints by changing how you stand, walk and run. Foot problems also occur in association with many chronic diseases and podiatry intervention is vital to monitor and preserve foot health.
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Admission to this program is available to Australian students, residents and international students. Admission information for Australian students and residents is available from http://www.newcastle.edu.au/future-students . Admission information for international students can be found at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/study-with-us/how-to-apply .
You may also be eligible to receive bonus points if you will be receiving an Australian Tertiary Admission Rank (ATAR). Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/what-can-i-study/undergraduate-programs/how-to-get-in/domestic-students/options-for-entry/bonus-points.html to see if you are eligible.
Current Australian Year 12 Students:
- Apply for entry through UAC. Entry based on ATAR or equivalent.
Non school leavers and previous Australian Year 12 students:
Apply for entry through UAC. Entry based on:
- Previous Year 12 studies and/or
- Higher education, tertiary, post-secondary qualifications and/or
- Overseas qualifications considered equivalent to Australian qualifications.
International students currently undertaking:
- an Australian Year 12 in Australia
- an Australian Year 12 outside Australia
- an International Baccalaureate (IB) in Australia
Apply for entry through UAC entry based on ATAR or equivalent
All other international students:
Apply direct to International Admissions - entry based on overseas qualifications considered equivalent to Australian qualifications, as well as satisfying English language requirements.
Minimum English Language Proficiency Requirements
Applicants who do not speak English as a first language must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Proficiency Policy at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/policy/000104.html
The IELTS requirement for admission to this program is 7.0 with no sub-test less than 7.0 Please be aware that the current standard English language competency for registration as a practitioner in your discipline in most states of Australia is IELTS 7.0.
HSC Chemistry, Mathematics
Chemistry and Mathematics. Applicants who have not previously studied chemistry or mathematics are encouraged to take a bridging course in both before the commencement of the university year.
If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, go to http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/credit-transfer/ and click on 'How to Apply for Credit'.
Please note that time restrictions apply to the granting of credit in this program.
Compulsory Program Requirements
Students will complete more than 1000 hours of supervised practice in a variety of settings both locally and nationally and rural placements will be mandatory. Travel and accommodation for placements are at the students' expense, however, the University attempts to use placements where free or cheap accommodation is available. To comply with credentialing requirements, successful completion of nominated courses that underpin the program is required prior to commencing professional placements. Students will be required to purchase instrument kits.
- First Aid Certificate
- NSW Health Verification Requirements - NSW Department of Health Vaccination record.
Compulsory Program Requirements - Review of Progress
In addition to meeting the University's overall requirements for academic progression, students must satisfactorily complete the following courses in order to progress in their program.
PDTY1201 - Introductory Biomechanics of the Lower Limb
PDTY2101 - Introduction to Podiatry Clinical Skills
PDTY2102 - Pharmacology in Clinical Podiatry Practice
PDTY2103 - Advanced Foot Anatomy and Biomechanics
PDTY2203 - Musculoskeletal and Sports Podiatry
PDTY2204 - Professional Practice
PDTY2205 - Diabetes and Wound Management
PDTY3101 - Advanced Paediatric and Adult Foot Management
PDTY3102 - Podiatric Surgery
PDTY3104 - Podiatric Specialisations
PDTY3202 - Advanced Podiatry Practice
PDTY3203 - Specialised Podiatry Practice
Australian and New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation Council
This program is accredited by the Australian and New Zealand Podiatry Accreditation Council.
Podiatry Board of Australia (under AHPRA)
Graduates of this program will be podiatrists, eligible for registration with the Podiatry Registration Board of Australia.
Academic Requirements for Program Completion
Total Units required
3 years full time up to 5 years maximum.
International student visa holders who are studying the program on campus are required to enrol full time as per student visa requirements.
The program comprises 240 units including:
- 230 units of Core Courses and
- 10 units of Elective Courses.
Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program
|HLSC1000||Transition to Health Sciences Education and Practice||10 units|
|HUBS1108||Musculoskeletal Anatomy for Podiatry||10 units|
|HUBS1403||Biomedical Science Part 1||10 units|
|HUBS1404||Biomedical Science Part 2||10 units|
|PDTY1202||Fundamentals of Podiatry Practice||10 units|
|PUBH1080||Studies in Population Health and Health Promotion||10 units|
|HUBS2203||Introductory Pharmacology||10 units|
|HUBS2505||Human Pathophysiology||10 units|
|PDTY2101||Introduction to Podiatry Clinical Skills||10 units|
|PDTY2102||Pharmacology in Clinical Podiatry Practice||10 units|
|PDTY2103||Advanced Foot Anatomy and Biomechanics||10 units|
|PDTY2202||Podiatric Medicine||10 units|
|PDTY2203||Musculoskeletal and Sports Podiatry||10 units|
|PDTY2204||Professional Practice||10 units|
|PDTY2205||Diabetes and Wound Management||10 units|
|PDTY3101||Advanced Paediatric and Adult Foot Management||10 units|
|PDTY3102||Podiatric Surgery||10 units|
|PDTY3103||Podiatric Biomechanics||10 units|
|PDTY3104||Podiatric Specialisations||10 units|
|PDTY3201||Seminars and Case Reports||10 units|
|PDTY3202||Advanced Podiatry Practice||20 units|
|PDTY3203||Specialised Podiatry Practice||10 units|
Complete 10 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.
Bachelor of Health Science (Honours) is available to students who achieve the required grade point average.
Program Learning Outcomes
- a current and in-depth knowledge of podiatry and the roles of a podiatrist
- the ability to work safely and effectively as a podiatrist
- the ability to contribute to and work effectively in multidisciplinary health teams with other practitioners
- the ability to identify and analyse complex problems within podiatry practice and develop solutions to these problems
- the knowledge and skills to perform in a socially responsible manner, to communicate complex concepts effectively, and to engage in life-long learning
All students can access additional learning development mechanisms provided by the Centre for Teaching and Learning at http://www.newcastle.edu.au/current-staff/teaching-and-research/teaching-resources/supporting-students
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.
All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/international/while-you-are-here/orientation to find out more about the support services available to international students.
Students with a disability who require reasonable adjustments to undertake their program should contact the Disability Support Service before semester or early in the semester. Some adjustments need up to 4 weeks lead time to organise, so it is imperative that early contact is made. The Disability Support Service and relevant Faculty and School officers will work together to ensure reasonable adjustments are provided in a timely manner.
Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. Please visit http://www.newcastle.edu.au/service/disability/ for more information.
Students who have impaired function in their hands or arms, or a audio/visual impairment will have difficulty pursuing this program. It is highly advisable for any prospective student with such a disability to contact the Faculty to discuss the issue.